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The Impact of Two Reunification-Era Debates on the East German Sense of Identity

Dolores L. Augustine
German Studies Review
Vol. 27, No. 3 (Oct., 2004), pp. 563-578
DOI: 10.2307/4140983
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4140983
Page Count: 16
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The Impact of Two Reunification-Era Debates on the East German Sense of Identity
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Abstract

In the aftermath of German reunification, the churchman-turned politician Manfred Stolpe and the writer Christa Wolf were swept up, along with several other former East German intellectuals and public figures, in a series of controversies over their alleged past collaboration with the secret police. These disputes became symbolically powerful debates on the significance of past support for the communist dictatorship and the place of Easterners in a nation-state dominated by the West. Many eastern Germans supported and identified with Stolpe and Wolf, and in the process fortified a sense of a separate eastern identity.

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